photo from the Ottawa Citizen
Vandals have their way with this City of Ottawa sign, Dany Heatley has his way with our hearts. Apparently the Euge has gotten past that stage of resentment and is leaving the door open for a Heatley return. Even though this is true, I still think it’s interesting that the only player who has come out publicly to say that they’d go out of their way to call Heatley and convince him to return is Alexei Kovalev.
Anyways, the Euge was kind enough to take a break from his regular appearances on the Fan 590 and had an interview on 580 CFRA. Here’s what he said:
Eugene Melnyk is holding the door open a crack for Dany Heatley’s return to the Senators.
The Senators owner said today he thinks it is possible the team could have both Heatley – who has asked for a trade – and newly signed free agent Alex Kovalev in the lineup to start next season, even though their combined salaries put the team about $1 million over the salary cap.
The Senators dumped goaltender Alex Auld and his $1 million salary on the Dallas Stars for a sixth-round draft pick Wednesday.
“We’re not that far off. We just traded away Auld which freed up about a million. I think there’s about another million and a half we have to free up. We’re fine,” Melnyk said in an interview on CFRA. “There’s a lot of work that would have to be done to have Dany come back, with the fans, with the players, with the dressing room. Is it doable? I think so.
But right now, and I’ve said it before, we’ve kept our part of the bargain. We expect him at training camp unless something happens otherwise.”
It’s believed if a deal to move Heatley can’t be worked out before next season the winger will report to Senators camp and honour his contract.
Melnyk said the Kovalev signing to a deal worth $5 million a year for the next two years has fueled a spike in tickets sales. Melnyk said he pushed Senators GM Bryan Murray to sign the Russian winger, who was cut loose by the Montreal Canadiens.
“The fact that his name came up and he was available, Bryan called. My attitude was, ‘Bryan, why are we still talking, you know? Get on the phone.’ We’ve needed an exciting player and he’s going to add that for us. We’ve already had literally thousands of fans calling in, hundreds of season tickets have been sold these last couple of days and this is somebody we can look forward to. Imagine the lines we can put together. He can be very scary. When defencemen are out there against him, they have no idea what he is going to do. He is going to add a lot of excitement to the game for us.” ~ courtesy of Chris Stevenson, OTP